Profession pipe welder

pipe welder

Pipe fitters assemble, install and maintain pipe systems, pipe supports and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial production and processing systems.

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Personality Type

Tasks pipe welder

  • Select pipe sizes, types and related materials.
  • Measure and mark pipes for cutting and threading.
  • Cut, thread and hammer pipes according to specifications.
  • Assemble and secure pipes, tubes, fittings and related equipment according to specifications using techniques such as welding, brazing, cementing, soldering or threading joints.
  • Cut and bore holes in structures (e.g. bulkheads, decks, walls and mains) using hand and power tools.
  • Attach pipes to walls, structures and fixtures using tools and equipment such as brackets, clamps or welding equipment.
  • Check the work and repair and correct faults.
  • Examine and test installed systems and pipe lines (e.g. using pressure gauge, hydrostatic testing, observation or other methods).
  • Modify, clean and maintain pipe systems, units, fittings and related machines and equipment.

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  • Geometry

    Branch of mathematics related to questions of shape, size, relative position of figures and the properties of space.

  • Health and safety hazards underground

    The rules and risks affecting health and safety when working underground. 

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Isometric perspective

    Understand the isometric representation of three dimensional elements in two dimensional technical and engineering draughts for the manufacture, assembly, and maintenance of objects.


  • Follow up pipeline integrity management priorities

    Perform follow up on priority actions in the pipeline infrastructure, such as complete coverage, service consistency, and facilitation.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Detect flaws in pipeline infrastructure

    Detect flaws in pipeline infrastructure during construction or over the passage of time such as construction defects, corrosion, ground movement, hot-tap made by error, and others.

  • Use wrenches

    Use spanners to adjust machinery and equipment.

  • Carry out measurements of parts

    Operate measurement instruments to measure parts of manufactured objects. Take into consideration specifications of manufacturers to perform the measuring.

  • Cooperate with colleagues

    Cooperate with colleagues in order to ensure that operations run effectively.

  • Work with blacksmithing hand tools

    Work with hammers, chisels, anvils, tongs, vises, forges, and others to create hand-made metal products by performing blacksmithing operations.

  • Assemble manufactured pipeline parts

    Assemble parts and components made for pipelines in companies or sites. Construct pipeline infrastructures or re-assemble parts that were taken out for repair. Use welding equipment and other tools in assembly activities.

  • Handle chemicals

    Safely handle industrial chemicals; use them efficiently and ensure that no harm is done to the environment.

  • Ensure regulatory compliance in pipeline infrastructures

    Ensure that the regulations for pipeline operations are met. Ensure pipeline infrastructure compliance with legal mandates, and compliance with regulations governing the transportation of goods via the pipelines.

  • Operate welding equipment

    Use welding equipment to melt and join together pieces of metal or steel; wear protective eyewear during the working process.

  • Use metal bending techniques

    Perform bending techniques in order to shape metal sheets into parts used in the manufacture of objects.

  • Use rigging equipment

    Set up rolling and lifting equipment required to lift and move objects e.g. with a crane or block and tackle system.

  • Use measurement instruments

    Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Operate soldering equipment

    Use soldering equipment, such as a soldering gun, a soldering torch or a gas-powered iron, to melt and join together pieces of metal or steel.

  • Use welding equipment

    Operate welding equipment in a safe manner; use welding techniques such as shielded metal arc welding or flux-cored arc welding.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform follow-up on pipeline route services operate sumps rigging terminology heat metals operate hydraulic pumps cast metal join metals analyse various types of water operate oil pumping systems types of pipelines follow written instructions transport pipes security requirements of goods transported via pipelines operate forklift keep task records follow verbal instructions pipeline transport regulations; operate pumps mechanics metal and metal ore products operate pumping equipment types of metal

Source: Sisyphus ODB